A general declaration must be submitted to Customs by the pilot, flight commander or carrier when flying to and/or from a destination outside the EU. This is in accordance with the Customs Regulation (EU 952/2013). Failure to submit the general declaration to Customs will result in a fine. Submitting the general declaration to the Federal Police does not suffice and is not an excusable offence.
The general declaration can be submitted to Customs by e-mail at: email@example.com or can be submitted at the customs office at the airport.
In order to better perform its border control task and in accordance with the Schengen Borders Code (EU 2016/399), the Belgian Aviation Police wishes to receive a so-called General Declaration or General Declaration (GenDec) digitally in advance when a flight crosses a Schengen external border. This GenDec includes the aircraft, flight and personal details of each private flight.
This method of pre-filing is done via this web form and applies both to flights departing from one of the six Belgian Schengen airports to a non-Schengen country and to flights from a non-Schengen country to enter Belgium.
You must also comply with this obligation if Belgium is the Member State of first entry and the final destination of the flight is in another Member State.
For both departing and arriving extra-Schengen flights, crew and passengers must present themselves to the Aviation Police for border control.
Fill in the declaration digitally via: General Declaration | Bordercontrol (police.be)